Valley ‘should dump Telstra'
CLARENCE Valley Council (CVC) mayor, Richie Williamson, will abandon Telstra in favour of another telco if the company goes ahead with its planned closure of the Grafton call centre and he wants other Telstra customers in the Clarence Valley to join him.
Mr Williamson said he would take his phone account, worth about $2000 annually, elsewhere as part of the ‘Hang Up on Telstra', campaign which aimed to make Telstra listen by targeting their hip-pocket.
“If they go, I will be withdrawing my account from them, my personal account, and I would be encouraging everyone in the Clarence to consider doing exactly the same,” Cr Williamson said.
“For example if over the next five days we could get 500 people who spend the same as what I do to say that they will withdraw too, that would be about a million bucks and I think that would really hurt Telstra.”
It wasn't just individuals taking up the cause, either, some local businesses and organisations were also considering switching telcos.
CVC general manager, Stuart McPherson, said although he hoped it wouldn't come to it, the council would not rule out reviewing its own Telstra account if the call centre was closed.
Cr Williamson said if Telstra wasn't swayed by the personal impacts the closure would have on the centre's employees and the wider community, hopefully appealing on a financial level would make them listen.
“I'm sure the people in Melbourne who are running Telstra are getting the message loud and clear that the community doesn't accept their short-sighted decision, this would be a decision that would devastate our local economy and a decision that we think needs to be reviewed immediately,” Cr Williamson said.